[css] Label on the left side instead above an input field

I would like to have the labels not above the input field, but on the left side.

<form method="post" action="" role="form" class="form-inline">
  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="rg-from">Ab: </label>
    <input type="text" id="rg-from" name="rg-from" value="" class="form-control">
  </div>
  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="rg-to">Bis: </label>
    <input type="text" id="rg-to" name="rg-to" value="" class="form-control">
  </div>
  <div class="form-group">
    <input type="button" value="Clear" class="btn btn-default btn-clear"> 
    <input type="submit" value="Los!" class="btn btn-primary">
  </div>
</form>

This code gives me:

Code_Result_Bootstrap_3_Label

I would like to have:

Desired_Result_Bootstrap_3_Label

This question is related to css twitter-bootstrap-3

The answer is


I had the same problem, here is my solution:

<form method="post" class="form-inline form-horizontal" role="form">
        <label class="control-label col-sm-5" for="jbe"><i class="icon-envelope"></i> Email me things like this: </label>
        <div class="input-group col-sm-7">
            <input class="form-control" type="email" name="email" placeholder="[email protected]"/>
            <span class="input-group-btn">
                <button class="btn btn-primary" type="submit">Submit</button>
            </span>
        </div>
    </form>

here is the Demo


You can see from the existing answers that Bootstrap's terminology is confusing. If you look at the bootstrap documentation, you see that the class form-horizontal is actually for a form with fields below each other, i.e. what most people would think of as a vertical form. The correct class for a form going across the page is form-inline. They probably introduced the term inline because they had already misused the term horizontal.

You see from some of the answers here that some people are using both of these classes in one form! Others think that they need form-horizontal when they actually want form-inline.

I suggest to do it exactly as described in the Bootstrap documentation:

<form class="form-inline">
  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="nameId">Name</label>
    <input type="text" class="form-control" id="nameId" placeholder="Jane Doe">
  </div>
</form>

Which produces:

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You must float left all elements like so:

.form-group,
.form-group label,
.form-group input { float:left; display:inline;   }

give some margin to the desired elements :

 .form-group { margin-right:5px }

and set the label the same line height as the height of the fields:

.form-group label { line-height:--px; }

It seems adding style="width:inherit;" to the inputs works fine. jsfiddle demo


<div class="control-group">
   <label class="control-label" for="firstname">First Name</label>
   <div class="controls">
    <input type="text" id="firstname" name="firstname"/>
   </div>
</div>

Also we can use it Simply as

<label>First name:
    <input type="text" id="firstname" name="firstname"/>
</label>

I think this is what you want, from the bootstrap documentation "Horizontal form Use Bootstrap's predefined grid classes to align labels and groups of form controls in a horizontal layout by adding .form-horizontal to the form. Doing so changes .form-groups to behave as grid rows, so no need for .row". So:

<form class="form-horizontal" role="form">
<div class="form-group">
  <label for="inputEmail3" class="col-sm-2 control-label">Email</label>
<div class="col-sm-10">
  <input type="email" class="form-control" id="inputEmail3" placeholder="Email">
</div>
</div>
<div class="form-group">
  <label for="inputPassword3" class="col-sm-2 control-label">Password</label>
  <div class="col-sm-10">
    <input type="password" class="form-control" id="inputPassword3" placeholder="Password">
  </div>
</div>
<div class="form-group">
  <div class="col-sm-offset-2 col-sm-10">
    <div class="checkbox">
      <label>
        <input type="checkbox"> Remember me
      </label>
    </div>
  </div>
</div>
<div class="form-group">
  <div class="col-sm-offset-2 col-sm-10">
    <button type="submit" class="btn btn-default">Sign in</button>
  </div>
</div>
</form>

Fiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/beewayne/B9jj2/29/


No CSS required. This should look fine on your page. You can set col-md-* as per your needs

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<link href="https://stackpath.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/4.3.1/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet">_x000D_
<div class="row">_x000D_
                            <div class="col-md-12">_x000D_
                                <form class="form-inline" role="form">_x000D_
                                    <div class="col">_x000D_
                                        <div class="form-group">_x000D_
                                            <label for="inputEmail" class="col-sm-3">Email</label>_x000D_
                                            <input type="email" class="form-control col-sm-7" id="inputEmail" placeholder="Email">_x000D_
                                        </div>_x000D_
                                    </div>_x000D_
                                    <div class="col">_x000D_
                                        <div class="form-group">_x000D_
                                            <label for="inputPassword" class="col-sm-3">Email</label>_x000D_
                                            <input type="password" class="form-control col-sm-7" id="inputPassword" placeholder="Email">_x000D_
                                        </div>_x000D_
                                    </div>_x000D_
                                    _x000D_
                                    <button class="btn btn-primary">Button 1</button>_x000D_
                                    &nbsp;&nbsp;_x000D_
                                    <button class="btn btn-primary">Button 2</button>_x000D_
                                </form>_x000D_
                            </div>_x000D_
                        </div>
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You can use a span tag inside the label

  <div class="form-group">
    <label for="rg-from">
      <span>Ab:</span> 
      <input type="text" id="rg-from" name="rg-from" value="" class="form-control">
    </label>
  </div>

You can create such form where label and form control are side using two method -

1. Inline form layout

<form class="form-inline" role="form">
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="inputEmail">Email</label>
        <input type="email" class="form-control" id="inputEmail" placeholder="Email">
    </div>
    <div class="form-group">
        <label for="inputPassword">Password</label>
        <input type="password" class="form-control" id="inputPassword" placeholder="Password">
    </div>
    <button type="reset" class="btn btn-default">Reset</button>
    <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">Login</button>
</form>

2. Horizontal Form Layout

<form class="form-horizontal">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-sm-4">
            <div class="form-group">
                <label for="inputEmail" class="control-label col-xs-3">Email</label>
                <div class="col-xs-9">
                    <input type="email" class="form-control" id="inputEmail" placeholder="Email">
                </div>
            </div>
        </div>
        <div class="col-sm-5">
            <div class="form-group">
                <label for="inputPassword" class="control-label col-xs-3">Password</label>
                <div class="col-xs-9">
                    <input type="password" class="form-control" id="inputPassword" placeholder="Password">
                </div>
            </div>
        </div>
        <div class="col-sm-3">
            <button type="reset" class="btn btn-default">Reset</button>
            <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">Login</button>
        </div>
    </div>
</form>

You can check out this page for more information and live demo - http://www.tutorialrepublic.com/twitter-bootstrap-tutorial/bootstrap-forms.php


Put the <label> outside the form-group:

<form class="form-inline">
  <label for="rg-from">Ab: </label>
  <div class="form-group">
    <input type="text" id="rg-from" name="rg-from" value="" class="form-control">
  </div>
  <!-- rest of form -->
</form>

I managed to fix my issue with. Seems to work fine and means I dont have to add widths to all my inputs manually.

.form-inline .form-group input {
 width: auto; 
}

You can use form-inline class for each form-group :)

<form>                      
    <div class="form-group form-inline">                            
        <label for="exampleInputEmail1">Email address</label>
            <input type="email" class="form-control" id="exampleInputEmail1" placeholder="Email">
    </div>
</form>

The Bootstrap 3 documentation talks about this in the CSS documentation tab in the section labelled "Requires custom widths", which states:

Inputs, selects, and textareas are 100% wide by default in Bootstrap. To use the inline form, you'll have to set a width on the form controls used within.

If you use your browser and Firebug or Chrome tools to suppress or reduce the "width" style, you should see things line up they way you want. Clearly you can then create the appropriate CSS to fix the issue.

However, I find it odd that I need to do this at all. I couldn't help but feel this manipulation was both annoying and in the long term, error prone. Ultimately, I used a dummy class and some JS to globally shim all my inline inputs. It was small number of cases, so not much of a concern.

Nonetheless, I too would love to hear from someone who has the "right" solution, and could eliminate my shim/hack.

Hope this helps, and props to you for not blowing a gasket at all the people that ignored your request as a Bootstrap 3 concern.


I am sure you would've already found your answer... here is the solution I derived at.

That's my CSS.

.field, .actions {
    margin-bottom: 15px;
  }
  .field label {
    float: left;
    width: 30%;
    text-align: right;
    padding-right: 10px;
    margin: 5px 0px 5px 0px;
  }
  .field input {
    width: 70%;
    margin: 0px;
  }

And my HTML...

<h1>New customer</h1>
<div class="container form-center">
    <form accept-charset="UTF-8" action="/customers" class="new_customer" id="new_customer" method="post">
    <div style="margin:0;padding:0;display:inline"></div>

  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_first_name">First name</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_first_name" name="customer[first_name]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_last_name">Last name</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_last_name" name="customer[last_name]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_addr1">Addr1</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_addr1" name="customer[addr1]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_addr2">Addr2</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_addr2" name="customer[addr2]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_city">City</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_city" name="customer[city]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_pincode">Pincode</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_pincode" name="customer[pincode]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_homephone">Homephone</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_homephone" name="customer[homephone]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="field">
    <label for="customer_mobile">Mobile</label>
    <input class="form-control" id="customer_mobile" name="customer[mobile]" type="text" />
  </div>
  <div class="actions">
    <input class="btn btn-primary btn-large btn-block" name="commit" type="submit" value="Create Customer" />
  </div>
</form>
</div>

You can see the working example here... http://jsfiddle.net/s6Ujm/

PS: I am a beginner too, pro designers... feel free share your reviews.


Like this

DEMO

HTML

<div class="row">
  <form class="form-inline">
    <fieldset>
      <label class="control-label"><strong>AB :</strong></label>
      <input type="text" class="input-mini" >
      <label class="control-label"><strong>BIS:</strong></label>
      <input type="text" class="input-mini" >
      <input type="button" value="Clear" class="btn btn-default btn-clear">
      <input type="submit" value="Los!" class="btn btn-primary">
    </fieldset>
  </form>
</div>